Waltham Forest Design Awards 2021

The Scene - Walthamstow

Since 1990, the Waltham Forest Design Awards has celebrated and rewarded quality architecture and landscape design within the Borough.

The competition is now closed for 2021. There have been an unprecedented 36 entries for new developments completed since March 2017. From these entries, our judges have created a shortlist of 14.

People's Choice award

For the first time ever, the public can vote for their favourite project from the shortlist. The project with the most votes will win. 

Browse the shortlist, and then submit your vote. One email. One vote. Voting closes 22 October 2021.

Cast your vote

Win an invite for two to the Awards Ceremony

Voters will have the option to enter a prize draw when they submit their vote.


What's happens next

The judges will look further at the projects and decide which ones are worthy of an award. The judges' chosen winners and the People's Choice award will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in November.

Meet the judges Click to get info

Gurmeet Sian

Gurmeet is an Architect and the director of Office Sian Architecture + Design, based in Waltham Forest. He works on a variety of projects at different scales, from domestic to estate regeneration. In particular, he specialises in developing ideas and delivering projects in partnership with public bodies and local communities.


Nyima Murry

A British-Tibetan architectural designer, curator and filmmaker based in London.

As Assistant Curator at Open City, Nyima produced 50 short architecture documentaries in the last year alone. These films were designed to open up spaces that normally the public would not have access to, and champion the diversity of London’s architectural spaces.

In 2021 Nyima joined N.A.W (New Architecture Writers) and started a POC architectural filmmaking mentorship programme with Jim Stephenson.

Nyima completed her bachelors in Architecture and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and won the Bartlett Medal for her thesis project on radical architectural education. She is currently undertaking a masters in Landscape Architecture at the Bartlett.


Remi Connolly-Taylor


Born and raised in Waltham Forest, Remi Connolly-Taylor is an East London based designer, who founded REMI.C.T Studio in 2017. She has trained and practised on a local, European and global scale and brings an understanding of the built environment with the ever-changing complexities of lifestyle and well-being. 

Connolly-Taylor’s main ambition with the Studio is to drive the conversation between art, design, and development into research that encourages people to invest in a design-led environment and create sustainable lifestyles. 

Rob Fiehn


A Waltham Forest-based communications consultant, dedicated to professional and cultural activities within the architectural community. He works alongside architects, designers and institutions, with a career spanning books, exhibitions, concepts, thought-leadership, profiling and events. Rob is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Museum of Architecture, a Committee Member of the London Society, a Board Director for the Blackhorse Workshop in Walthamstow and a trustee of the DKUK gallery in Peckham. 


Tori is a young person aged 17 who works for the Waltham Forest council. Tori is a YIAG (young advisor) in her community. She is seen as a representative for young people and She does various activities to help better everyone in the community. Tori also has a huge interest for 3D design as this is something she is currently studying in college. 


Will Sandy 

Will works across various sites, scales and styles, from landscape design and urban interventions, to small-scale architectural projects. The studio has established itself as a forerunner in designing vibrant urban spaces, proving that through careful engagement with multiple stakeholders, the gap can be bridged between clients, government, and community. The practice specialises in high-quality, flexible or temporary projects that engage new audiences.

Passionate about the natural and built environment, their projects help inform, influence and inspire the potential of the future permanent public realm, encouraging public participation and feedback from the outset, thus enabling further project evolution. In 2019, Will was appointed by the British Council to lead the Reframing Spaces project in Caracas, Venezuela, which led to the development of the Catalyst Cube. The project was selected as a finalist in the international Tactical Urbanism NOW design competition. 

In 2011 Will co-founded The Edible Bus Stop Design Studio where his role as Creative Director oversaw innovative approaches to meanwhile and socially led public realm activations. He recently stepped down to explore how he can integrate his specialist skills into larger masterplans and strategy projects, becoming an Associate at international Landscape Architecture and Urbanism studio, McGregor Coxall. Will also co-leads first year landscape architecture design studio at Greenwich University.



Browse the shortlist Click to get info

Cann Hall Skatepark

Cann Hall Park, Cann Hall Road, E11 3NN.

The design concept was to create something truly unique that added a nod to the locality in the details. Working closely with local users, the designers have created a seamless blend of Scandinavian beauty and East London heritage, whilst bringing variety and function to its different activities.


Cheney Row Park

Cheney Row Park, E17 5ED

Cheney Row was a former landfill site that, through remediation and community co-design, has been transformed.  It now provides new events and play space, a BMX track, improved entrances and paths, and space for nature.  One of the lasting successes of the project is the new Friends Group which will help ensure the continued activation of the park and help sustain its future


Colby Lodge

­1c The Drive, Walthamstow, E17 3BN

Walthamstow & Chingford Almshouse Charity (WCAC) provides affordable rented housing to local older people. This new sheltered housing scheme provides 20 generously sized, dual aspect one-bedroom flats with communal facilities, designed to embody HAPPI principles (Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation).


Copeland Road

­3 Copeland Road, E17 9DB

Copeland Road is a four-bedroom, three-storey Victorian mid-terraced house in Walthamstow.  Designers have created a new side and rear extension, alongside a roof extension to create a high-quality family home suitable for modern living, while preserving historic elements of the property.


Fellowship Square


Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, E17 4JF


Waltham Forest’s elegant Town Hall has been restored and its surrounding landscape has been sensitively transformed into a vibrant neighbourhood where council staff, local businesses and residents can come together.  The civic campus is a place where staff, residents and visitors should always feel welcomed and involved.


Francis Road

Francis Road, E10

As the focal point of the Enjoy Waltham Forest Leyton Town Centre scheme, Francis Road was regenerated through a Highways improvement scheme into an attractive high street, reinvigorating businesses and encouraging local people to use and enjoy their local shopping area.  The vision was to transform the road into a thriving high street and  healthy place for community interaction; make the road safer and more attractive for all; make walking and cycling a more attractive and convenient option for local people; and decrease congestion on the road and in the surrounding area.


Gainsford Road

47 Gainsford Road, E17 6ZL

Gainsford Road is a new development that provides affordable homes for first-time buyers in Walthamstow, designed by London-based architecture and urban design partnership Gort Scott for Pocket Living. Located on a residential terraced street and close to the town centre, the project comprises 45 one-bedroom apartments and sensitively responds to the massing of adjacent buildings.


Lea Bridge Rd/Whipps Cross Interchange


Lea Bridge Road, Waltham Forest, E10/E17

The flagship scheme of Mini Holland Lea Bridge Road  (Enjoy Waltham Forest) transforms the look of the road into a thriving high street and place for community interaction, increasing footfall and business opportunities; making the road safer and more attractive so encouraging walking and cycling; and smoothing traffic flows by upgrading junction signals and improving the borough’s road network.


Leyton House

128 Claude Road, E10 6NE

Built on a corner site in East London, Leyton House forms a new home for a filmmaker and writer. The narrow site sits at the end of a 1960s  terrace that straddles two Victorian streets.  The modern and contemporary house respects the spirit of the 60’s terrace whilst addressing the Victorian context of the neighboring street.


Linear Park: Plot Lines

Grove Green Road, Leytonstone, E11 4EN

Plot Lines traces the pattern of houses that previously existed along the half kilometre park in strips of lavender, with historic stories inscribed on plaques amongst meadow grasses and wildflowers.  A Friends group has been established to plant and maintain the small community gardens and local schools have planted raised beds and built an insect habitat.


Sutherland Road

­71-81 Sutherland Road, E17 6BH

Sutherland Road provides 59 affordable homes, a shared communal garden and health centre on a site in Walthamstow, previously occupied by semi-derelict industrial buildings. Following the residential-led redevelopment of other nearby sites, there was an opportunity to continue the regeneration of the area and better serve local residents.


The Forest Garden

Junction of Drayton, Southwest and Bulwer Roads, E11 1BX

HUT Architecture and HOS Landscapes have transformed a traffic island in the heart of Leytonstone into a vibrant community garden for residents to enjoy. The Forest Garden, completed in October 2020, has been designed to enhance biodiversity and provide natural habitats for bees, bugs and butterflies.  The project has been adopted by a community of green-fingered local residents, who will tend to the garden over the coming years.


The Shade, Aldriche Way

Aldriche Way, London, E4 9LZ

In 2018, young people from Aldriche Way, a Waltham Forest housing estate, designed and built ‘The Shade’, a community space in the centre of their estate. Located on an area of tarmac that had been empty since the estate was built, The Shade is a new stage and garden, with seating, table tennis and a BBQ area.


Walthamstow Wetlands

2 Forest Road, Walthamstow, N17 9NH

The physical gap in the Lea Valley regional park map was also a gap in the mental map of local people, with  many local people unaware of the 200 hectares of the reservoirs on their doorstep. The main experience of the place, for most people was of defensive high palisade fencing.  The first step in opening up the wetlands was to connect to   surrounding areas, which have a deficiency in access to  nature.  Primarily this is done through a 1.7km north- south walking and cycling route from Coppermill to Blackhorse Lane and four new access points.


Winners from 2017 Click to get info

Category 1: Best Public Realm

Winner Golden Parade (Wood St shop fronts)
Commendation William Morris Mural

Category 2: Best Civic Project

Winner Leytonstone Library
Commendation Davies Lane Primary School

Category 3: Most Creative Building Reuse

Winner Central Parade
Commendation Mirth, Marvel and Maud
Commendation    134 Trumpington Road

Category 4: Best Residential Scheme

Winner Pump House
Commendation Windmill Court
Special award Outstanding Contribution To The Regeneration Of Walthamstow Town Centre (The Scene)

Contact us Click to get info

For further information, please contact Tania Drew in the design and conservation team at:

Email: tania.drew@walthamforest.gov.uk